Assisted living option coming

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer

Area residents seeking an alternative to living alone or residing in a nursing home will soon have another option for assisted living.

Bill Giese, owner of Giese Realty Investments, said his company is serving as the “point people” in the development of Wheatfield Senior Living Community. “This is the biggest thing in scope, impact and draw for Clovis in a long time,” Giese said.

The assisted living center will be situated on 12 1/2 acres alongside the 11th and 12th holes of Chaparral Country Club on North Prince Street.

The new residential center’s groundbreaking is scheduled for early summer with an estimated completion time of 10 months.

Sunwest Management of Salem, Ore., will handle construction and management of the property. Shelley Savoie, Sunwest Management regional sales manager, said the care center will be called Wheatfield in honor of local agriculture.

The $20 million construction project will feature 64 assisted living apartments, 10 retirement cottages and 24 Alzheimer’s accommodations with 24-hour nursing care and group meals available for all residents.

“We (Sunwest Management) chose Clovis because it is a growing area in need of top-notch senior housing,” Savoie said.

The assisted living center will require a minimum of 15 employees to open, Savoie said. “We plan to employ local folks, and our need for employees will grow as the community grows.”

The management company, which specializes in senior communities, is also considering a location in Hobbs, Savoie said.

Although Clovis is already home to five facilities offering assisted living options. Savoie believes Wheatfield is unique because it will offer a free five-day stay to individuals needing temporary care.

Giese said he believes Clovis restaurants and hotels will be benefited by the addition of the care center because visitors will be traveling to Clovis to visit residents.